Pompey to hit the loan market

SPURS midfielder Jamie O'Hara will be Avram Grant's first loan signing following the Premier League's decision to partially lift Portsmouth's transfer embargo.

SPURS midfielder Jamie O'Hara will be Avram Grant's first loan signing following the Premier League's decision to partially lift Portsmouth's transfer embargo. (Daily Mirror)

The south coast club were given the lifeline after they proved to the Premier League that they no longer owed cash to other clubs.

Outstanding payments to Udinese over the transfer of Sulley Muntari in May 2005 have been restructured to the Serie A club's satisfaction.

It means Grant will be able to sign loan players or free transfers.


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And O'Hara, a tireless midfielder who has been a big hit since moving to Fratton Park, will be first in.

Pompey were unable to extend his initial loan, which ended on January 15, with the embargo meaning he had to return to his parent club Tottenham.

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But moves are underway now to take him back to the south coast.

Pompey's troubled season faces yet another test on Friday, however, when the club's players are due to be paid.

There is growing uncertainty that Pompey will be able to meet the deadline. If so it will be the fourth time this season that the players and staff have not been paid on time.

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